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One older inpatient's experience of multiple pathology tests became a catalyst for change
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When 93-year-old Win was admitted to hospital after a fall in her sheltered housing, no one thought she would be there for more than 100 days and undergo 174 pathology tests.

Win was – like so many other older people – caught up in a hospital system which subjected her to tests, even when she was medically fit to leave. In total she had 49 blood tests, 11 X-rays and was given 78 prescriptions. Win was eventually discharged to a nursing home.

An older woman had 49 blood tests during her 100-day hospital stay, 11 X-rays and was given 78 prescriptions

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Her story provided a catalyst for the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to have an in-depth look or ‘deep dive’ into how it delivers care.

First up for review were blood

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